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Castle Bottoms, Hartington Upper Quarter

In the civil parish of Hartington Upper Quarter.
In the historic county of Derbyshire.
Modern Authority of Derbyshire.
1974 county of Derbyshire.
Medieval County of Derbyshire.

OS Map Grid Reference: SK058676
Latitude 53.20557° Longitude -1.91296°

Castle Bottoms, Hartington Upper Quarter has been described as a Timber Castle but is rejected as such.

There are no visible remains.

Description

'At Castle Bottoms, Fough Farm, near Hollinsclough, there are traces of extensive foundations, divided into compartments, sufficient for some old castle or hill fort' (Turner) What was suggested as foundations for a castle is actually a small earthen dam, of some antiquity, but no longer in use (NDAT. 1171). Neither of the above suggestions are supported by the ground evidence as there are no obvious earthworks. The only identifiable earthwork is a long bank which passes across a boggy area parallel to a ruined wall and on the route of the right of way. If this feature was interpreted as a dam, it is much more likely that this bank is a causeway across wet ground, or may represent a boundary. It could never be the foundations of a castle as the bank is not large enough and the siting is unsuitable. The field above is called 'Castle Bottom' and has been called such since 1604. This suggests that the idea of a castle in the vicinity existed before the dam/causeway was built. No documentary evidence was uncovered for there ever having been a castle in the vicinity (Taylor). (Derbyshire HER)
Comments

Something about the site lead to a 'castle' place name but whatever that was it was not a high status medieval building of any sort.
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